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Delaware’s Uber-Lyft bill going to Senate floor Tuesday

The bill is meant to clarify how ridesharing companies operate in the state.

Uber is in Dover.

(Photo by Flickr user Jeffrey, used under a Creative Commons license)

It wasn’t until last June that ridesharing became legal in the First State.
In Delaware, Uber and Lyft drivers operate under a memorandum of understanding which prevents drivers with class A or B felonies, DUIs, reckless driving or more than three recent moving violations from operating under the company’s umbrella.
State Sen. Bryan Townsend (D-Newark) sponsored SB 262 (nicknamed the Uber-Lyft bill), which was recently heard by the Senate Highways and Transportation Committee. The bill is meant to clarify insurance implications at different stages of vehicle use: when the car is being driven for personal reasons, when the app is on but not being used, when the app is being used and a driver is hailed and, finally, when there’s a passenger being transported in the car.
The bill is meant to clarify things for “stakeholders.” Well, what does that mean? Those who testified were representatives from the taxicab industry, government officials and Uber representatives. But one big piece of the puzzle was missing, there was no one to represent riders, according to Townsend.
The bill is going to the Senate floor on Tuesday for a vote before it can move on to the state’s House of Representatives.

Companies: Lyft, Uber
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